On Golden Pond is a feel-good story about family, on stage at Scarborough Village Theatre
Playing at the Scarborough Village Theatre, On Golden Pond is a family drama that will make you want to pick up the phone and arrange to see that long-lost dear relative with whom you’ve lost touch. I never saw the 1981 movie, and I was happy to discover this heartfelt story without any expectations. Continue reading Review: On Golden Pond (Scarborough Players)
Extreme sports inspire Cirque du Soleil’s new show VOLTA now playing in Toronto’s Port Lands
Cirque du Soleil has brought its signature big top back to Toronto. Following hot on the heels of last year’s Mexico-inspired LUZIA, the company is presenting its newest show VOLTA and if you’re wondering whether it’s worth springing for tickets to another Cirque show so soon; VOLTA holds some unexpected surprises. Continue reading Review: VOLTA (Cirque du Soleil)
Soulpepper’s season opens with Picture This, now playing on the Toronto stage
Along with Waiting for Godot, Soulpepper is kicking off its fall season with Picture This, which you can catch at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts until Oct. 7th.
To me, Picture This seemed pretty promising at the outset. It’s a slapstick comedy originally written in 1937 by Hungarian playwright Melchior Lengyel and adapted by celebrated artists Brenda Robins and Morris Panych. I was looking forward to this show, and took my roommate along with 100% confidence that what we were going to see would at least be watchable.
Continue reading Review: Picture This (Soulpepper)
Five Shows Under $25 in Toronto this Week
Live theatre shows in Toronto with ticket prices of $25 or less, playing the week of September 19th, 2017. Perfect for the budget-conscious theatre-goer. Behold secret treasures on our fair Toronto stages this week! Check them out below the cut:
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Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of September 18th, 2017
After a few relatively slow weeks on The 6’s stages, things appear to be back in full swing! If you’re overwhelmed by Toronto’s stage offerings this week, don’t fret! Our assistant editor Jess is here to choose her most anticipated shows (in red). Check them out below the cut:
Continue reading Playlistings in Toronto for the week of September 18th
Soulpepper Theatre presents the 20th Century classic play Waiting for Godot in Toronto
For many who have studied acting, Samuel Beckett‘s Waiting for Godot is likely part of the curriculum. And rightly so, as there is much to be learned from studying this play, especially if you’re learning the tricks of the trade for good audience-captivating comedy. The careful nuances of timing, repetition, monumental silence, mime and mimicry, as well as wholly absurd dialogue is what makes up Waiting for Godot. This is a 20th Century classic for a reason and, as usual, the creative forces at Soulpepper have delivered this unique performance with aplomb.
Continue reading Review: Waiting for Godot (Soulpepper)
The Odd Couple, on stage in Toronto, did not pair all that well with our reviewer
The Odd Couple, written by Neil Simon, is a play about what happens when a total slob of a bachelor shacks up with an uptight, anxious clean freak. We’ve seen this sort of “unlikely pair” buddy comedy time and time again, but The Odd Couple put it on the map. so you can only guess how excited I was to see how Jaybird Productions would interpret such an iconic play.
Continue reading Review: The Odd Couple (Jaybird Productions)
Three more chances to catch this hilarious musical improv on stage in Toronto
I just saw my first improvised musical and I was thoroughly entertained and impressed with the efforts of the company behind Songbuster — An Improvised Musical. After prying into the summer adventures of an audience member, the team have their setting and begin building a story and characters out of thin air. Suddenly, the cabaret space at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre becomes a hippy commune on Vancouver Island where lost families are found, romance is kindled and all manor of crises are created and averted! Continue reading Review: Songbuster — An Improvised Musical (Songbuster)
Magic swirls around Toronto’s Theatre Centre as Letters to the Universe takes the stage
Shaunga Tagore’s Letters to the Universe (on stage until Sunday at The Theatre Centre) is the kind of show that makes me feel better about staying up too late on a too-hot, too-humid work night: diverse, intimate, generous, sensual, a bit strange, and captivating.
Letters to the Universe is a Queer Brown Astrologer’s own story, told as she traverses time, space, and memory through song, dance, projection and more. My cranky, long-day-at-the-office mood didn’t stand a chance in the face of such honest, beautiful storytelling.
Continue reading Review: Letters to the Universe (The Universe Collective)
Five Shows Under $25 in Toronto this Week
Live theatre shows in Toronto with ticket prices of $25 or less, playing the week of September 12th, 2017. Perfect for the budget-conscious theatre-goer. This week features an improvised musical, odd couples, and buried secrets! Check them out below the cut:
Continue reading Cheap Theatre in Toronto the Week of September 12th